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Articles from No. 355, April

Bad Medicine: It's Death by a Thousand Cuts: Privatization Is Slowly Killing the British National Health Service. Allyson Pollock Argues That the Basic Principles of the NHS Are Worth Protecting
SINCE its birth in 1948 Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has been a model for the rest of the world. It's been a national system of publicly owned and accountable hospital and community services funded from central taxation - where hospital doctors...
Bahamas
JUST a few hundred metres offshore from Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, stands one of the world's busiest tourist resorts. Hotels, a golf course, casinos and even a reconstructed medieval French cloister are incongruously scattered on its 277 hectares....
Bankbusters: The Boycott of World Bank Bonds Is Spreading, Writes Mihail Dafydd Evans
The boycott of World Bank bonds is spreading, writes Mihail Dafydd Evans.CAN a bank change? Not without public pressure, say supporters of the World Bank Bonds Boycott. For many countries in the Majority World the Bank is a key source of new funds to...
Crime Pays: Well, It Does If You Run the Prison. Amanda George Describes the Opposition to Profitable Punishment in Australia
Well, it does if you run the prison. Amanda George describes the opposition to profitable punishment in Australia.IT'S ironic that Australia - colonized 200 years ago to serve as one big British prison - is now a showroom for the world's private prison...
Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate
Three years after the pitched battles of Seattle's WTO conference and the well-timed publication of No Logo - the international bestseller that became the protesters' manifesto - Naomi Klein is back with a new book that could disappoint all those Gap-hating,...
GATS Attacks: Mutant Alien Invaders from Another World!
THOSE folks at the World Trade Organization - what will they think of next? First it was the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. Now It's the General Agreement on Trade in Services. GATS is a permission slip for transnational corporations to stampede...
Globocops Unleashed: Mass Deployment of US Troops All over the World
WHILE the world's eyes are on the hundreds of thousands of US troops in the Gulf region, their deployment in other global hotspots on a scale not seen since World War Two has gone unnoticed.Perhaps it was a coincidence, but in the last week of February...
Home and Exile
Now that the world's only superpower has resurrected brazen land-grab imperialism, a searching examination of colonialism from the perspective of the colonized is nothing if not timely. In Home and Exile, the great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe examines...
How to Be Reconciled with an Oil-Spill: A Tanker Goes Aground; Oil Devastates the Coast; Photographers Swarm for a Few Days. and Then? Horatio Morpurgo Writes from the Devastated Coastline of Galicia, Scene of the Latest Ina Long Line of Such Disasters, and Meditates on Our Forgetful Complicity [Prestige]
A tanker goes aground: oil devastates the coast; photographers swarm for a few days. And then? Horatio Morpurgo writes from the devastated coastline of Galicia, scene of the latest in a long line of such disasters, and meditates on our forgetful complicity.The...
Hu Jintao [Worldbeaters]
'He hasn't mistimed a single move - largely because he hasn't made one.'CHINA these days seems to be opting for the cult of 'non-personality'. How else to explain the ascendancy of the colourless 59-year-old Hu Jintao to the leadership of the Chinese...
Husband and Wife
Zeruya Shalev's novel opens in dramatic fashion. Udi Newman, a fit and healthy Israeli tour guide wakes one morning and announces that he can no longer use his legs. The condition quickly spreads to his upper body and arms and his panic-stricken wife...
I Shop, Therefore I Am: Has the Narcissism of the Market Destroyed Our Sense of Collective Identity? Psychiatrist Trevor Turner Argues That a Preoccupation with Self Has Spawned a New Syndrome: Malignant Self-Actualization
Has the narcissism of the market destroyed our sense of collective identity? Psychiatrist Trevor Turner argues that a preoccupation with self has spawned a new syndrome: malignant self-actualization.THERE is something mad about the modern world. It's...
Let Them Drink Coke! Fizzy Drinks Company Drains Wells in South India
Coca-Cola unleashes its fizzy drinks on the world and invites us to `Enjoy'. But Veloor Swaminathan and around 200 people of his tribe wince when they hear that slogan. They believe that the Coca-Cola India manufacturing and bottling plant in their neighbourhood...
Making Waves
SHE woke up strapped to a bed. There were sick and pregnant women lying everywhere around her: some sharing the 20 narrow beds that the `hospital' provided, many others lying naked on the floor. This was a maternity ward with a difference: an extended...
Nigeria's Sharia Furore
WHEN the Governor of Nigeria's Zamfara State, Sani Yerima, announced in 1999 that his state would adopt the sharia legal system it was a political masterstroke. Yerima's announcement instantly connected him with the deeply religious Muslim masses in...
No Pain, All Gain: Mark Engler Sheds Some Light on the Murky World of Export Credit Agencies
Mark Engler sheds some light on the murky world of export credit agencies.BIG companies are happy to collect profits in newly privatized markets but they prefer the public to cover the risks: political instability and popular resistance. Remarkably,...
Norse Crossroads: A Nationwide Movement to Defend the Welfare State Is Taking off in Norway, Reports Asbjorn Wahl
A nationwide movement to defend the welfare state is taking off in Norway, reports Asbjorn Wahl.IN 1999 six Norwegian trade unions formed For Velferdsstaten (For the Welfare State), an alliance to combat `the destructive policies of neo-liberalism, including...
Power Splurge: Cronyism Is Alive and Well and Living in the Philippines. Maitet Diokno-Pascual Looks at How Privatized Electricity Has Taken Consumers for a Ride
Cronyism is alive and well and living in the Philippines. Maitet Diokno-Pascual looks at how privatized electricity has taken consumers for a ride.IN May 2001 Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the Electricity Power Industry...
Privatization: A Resource Guide
The big picture...Neo-liberalism or Democracy? Economic strategy, markets and alternatives for the 21st century, Arthur MacEwan, Zed Books, London, 2000. A dense, detailed but worthwhile introduction to the workings of the global economy and the democratic...
Privatization: The Last Two Decades Have Seen a Sea Change in the Provision of Public Services across the Western World and More Recently, Thanks to Structural Adjustment, across the Majority World Too. the Private Ownership of Public Assets Are at the Core of Economic Globalization
Public auctionThe 1990s saw an orgy of privatization as thousands of public enterprises were sold off to private owners in more than 100 countries around the world.Between 1990 and 1999 the value of all state assets sold totalled nearly $900 billion,...
Russian Ark
This is an awesome achievement. The entire film is a roving unbroken 90-minute take of the choreographed movement of thousands of actors around St Petersburg's Hermitage art museum - once the Winter Palace, residence of the tsars. It's the most complex...
Slavery Haunts Elizabeth II
The movement for reparations from countries engaged in the African slave trade is building up a head of steam. Last October more than 500 delegates meeting in Barbados created the Pan African Movement, which voted to launch lawsuits this year against...
The 'B' Word: Bureaucracy Drives Us All Crazy. but Does That Mean Selling the Family Silver to the Highest Bidder? David Hall Suggests a Recipe for Makingthe Public Sector Work
Bureaucracy drives us all crazy. But does that mean selling the family silver to the highest bidder? David Hall suggests a recipe for making the public sector work.WHEN public services go wrong everyone notices. In some countries it means waiting months...
The Great Privatization Grab: The Worldwide Sale of Public Assets to Private Interests Is Larceny on a Grand Scale, Argues Wayne Ellwood. It's Time to Stop the Privateers and Revive the Notion of the Public Good
The worldwide sale of public assets to private interests is larceny on a grand scale, argues WAYNE ELLWOOD. It's time to stop the privateers and revive the notion of the public good.THE Niagara Parkway begins quietly at the southern edge of the tidy...
The Kissinger Files [BNL Provided Loans to Iraq]
US satirist Tom Lehrer famously declared in 1973 that when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize, 'at that moment satire died'.Last September George Bush, demonstrating a highly developed sense of humour, appointed Henry Kissinger as head of the...
The New Apartheid: South Africa's Trade Unions Loudly Oppose the Government's Sell-Off of Basic Services. but the ANC Isn't Listening, Warns Patrick Bond
South Africa's trade unions loudly oppose the Government's sell-off of basic services. But the ANC isn't listening, warns Patrick Bond.THERE has always been a rift between the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade...
Trading Credibility: Accreditation Scheme for 'Good' Mines Meets with Community Distrust
IN mid-January this year the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) unveiled a project to certify mines deemed as `good' performers. The project involves some of the world's most controversial mining companies. Following a trial in Australia, WWF hope to establish...
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